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Old 07-16-2013, 07:12 PM
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We're pulling the trigger on a 23'cc soon and I'm looking into electronics. I've pretty much decided on Garmin due to how user friendly they seem to be. Lets say that up to a 12'' flush mounted screen would be feasible--help me weigh my options. The boat is going to be used on a larger lake in upstate ny, with the possibility of trips to the coast for striper fishing, etc. So right now all we need is chartplotter/sonar, with a possible radar add on in the future.
1. Garmin 740s: cheapest option--smallest screen--would leave $$ to spend elsewhere on the boat
2. Garmin 7k, 6k, 5k, 4k series. obviously this is a wide range of units. I have to decide on my own if touchscreen is worth it, but what is your opinion? How big of a difference is the performance 7k vs 5k and 6k vs 4k. In terms of size, i suppose bigger is better depending on how much youre looking to spend?
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I am in the same position as you. The 21-ft. boat I am considering has sufficient console real estate to flush-mount a 12-inch display but the cost of a model with decent resolution plus the sonar module is somewhat daunting. On the other hand, my eyesight is not getting any better and although the Garmin 740s is loaded with features, the screen is just too darn small especially in split screen mode. I am leaning toward the 5212 Garmin with the GSD22 sonar unit.

I am also not fond of the idea of a transom-mount transducer ... seems too vulnerable and the exposed wire and all the holes across the transom of a brand-new boat seems too rough and cluttered for my taste. Therefore, I am also considering a thru-hull tilted-element model--B164 if the money is feasible and B60 otherwise. My maximum water depth is less than 200 feet.

Keep me posted on your progress.
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I have garmin 740s seems like a good unit,just have to get my transducer problem solved. My boat is on Cayuga.
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I have had the 4208 on a prior boat and have the 5208 and the 740 on the current boat. I would not go back to the 4XXX series or 6XXX series after having the touch screen on both the 740 and 5208. The 7 series is faster than the 5 series but for my needs the 5 series is plenty fast. I run the Garmin 18 HD radar on the 5208 screen. I use the 740s primarily as sonar.
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I have the 740s on my boat and I really like it. The screen is comfortable to see even in full daylight.
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Originally Posted by Stretch View Post
I am leaning toward the 5212 Garmin with the GSD22 sonar unit.
From what I have heard, I would lean towards the GSD24. Just seems like a much more solid and realiable working unit. It wasn't until the GSD24 that people took Garmin seriously as being able to make a sonar worth a darn.
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Originally Posted by stiletto View Post
From what I have heard, I would lean towards the GSD24. Just seems like a much more solid and realiable working unit. It wasn't until the GSD24 that people took Garmin seriously as being able to make a sonar worth a darn.
This is good advice. I had the GSD22 on my prior boat with a 4212 and now the GSD24 with a 4210. Garmin upgraded the 22 quite a bit over several years to get it fairly functional - sometimes it worked, then sometimes not, with the upgrades. The GSD24 is far better as a new to the market unit than the GSD22 fully upgraded. At first I had 600w transducer on the 24 which is what I had on the 22, and the clarity and resolution on the same structure was much better. I replaced the 600w transducer with a 1000w transducer, and that was another huge step up. If you are only going to fish in 200' or less, the 600w should be ok though.
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Originally Posted by Whaler27 View Post
I have had the 4208 on a prior boat and have the 5208 and the 740 on the current boat. I would not go back to the 4XXX series or 6XXX series after having the touch screen on both the 740 and 5208. The 7 series is faster than the 5 series but for my needs the 5 series is plenty fast. I run the Garmin 18 HD radar on the 5208 screen. I use the 740s primarily as sonar.
Is the 5208 just as bright as the 740? Seeing in bright sunlight is important to me
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i have a 740s on my 24' triton and love it one thing about the 740s is that its 1kw capable sonar system which is awesome for the price you pay for this unit
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Originally Posted by CLVL View Post
This is good advice. I had the GSD22 on my prior boat with a 4212 and now the GSD24 with a 4210. Garmin upgraded the 22 quite a bit over several years to get it fairly functional - sometimes it worked, then sometimes not, with the upgrades. The GSD24 is far better as a new to the market unit than the GSD22 fully upgraded. At first I had 600w transducer on the 24 which is what I had on the 22, and the clarity and resolution on the same structure was much better. I replaced the 600w transducer with a 1000w transducer, and that was another huge step up. If you are only going to fish in 200' or less, the 600w should be ok though.
X3... I have a GSD 22 right now and am looking to move up to the 24... Also, I have a 4212 and would recommend getting the largest screen you can swing.. really works well for split screens, etc...
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Thanks guys--lots of good info on here. The dealer priced it out with the GSD22, so I'll be sure to tell him I want the 24! I think I am probably going the 4212 route. What can you tell me about linking up the Yamaha 200 to the 4212 for engine data? I've never had anything but a sometimes functional gas gauge on a boat, and it would be really cool to get all that data.

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